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Basilica Community,

I hope this message finds you and your family continuing to stay well during these very challenging times.

I’d like to begin today by thanking all of those who have made a commitment of financial support to our Basilica Fund. Our annual fund provides 79% of The Basilica’s operating budget. Your contributions to the annual fund allow us to offer the many programs, services, and ministries that are at the heart of our Basilica community.

If you have already made a commitment of reoccurring financial support for our Basilica community, please know of my gratitude. I hope you will continue it and if possible increase it. Your commitment of financial support, no matter how small, or how large, enables us to continue to do those things that fulfill our vision here at The Basilica.

If you are not able to make an ongoing financial commitment, I ask you to give what you can, when you can. I thank you in advance for whatever financial support you can commit to. Please know whatever you are able to give will be appreciated.

If you are not able to make a financial commitment or even to contribute occasionally, I ask you to pray for our parish and for your fellow parishioners. Please know your prayers are both needed and deeply appreciated. If you are experiencing some financial difficulties, please contact our St. Vincent de Paul Ministry. We may be able to help you or refer you to someone who can.

In other news, as I hope you know, our 11:30am and 4:30pm Masses on Sunday are now open to the public. If you are not able to join us for one of these Masses, I invite you to join us via livestream for our 9:30am Mass. In addition to our 11:30am and 4:30pm Sunday Masses, our 7:00am and our Noon weekday Masses are also open to the public. We do ask that you pre-register for our Sunday Masses and our Noon Masses, but you can register for the 7:00am Mass at the door.

On a related note, anticipating the cold weather, this past Monday we moved our check-in tables for all of our liturgies, with the exception of the 7:00am daily Mass, to the ground level doors of The Basilica. This area is large enough so that people won’t have to wait in the cold to check-in. The doors for check-in will be the southwest ground level doors near the circle garden and flag pole.

Also, as I have mentioned previously, it is our hope that within the next couple of weeks a Needlepoint Bipolar Ionization Unit will be installed in the church. This unit will clean the air in The Basilica and the lower level of viruses (including SARS and COVID-19), as well as allergens and mold. This technology is already being used at places like the Mayo Clinic, local schools, and museums.

It will be a tremendous help in ensuring the safety and well being of all those who come to The Basilica. We are very blessed and fortunate that this project, along with the tuck pointing being done on the exterior of our Basilica, are being paid for by The Basilica Landmark.

Finally, as always, if you have questions or concerns about anything that is happening at The Basilica, please contact me at the parish office or send me an email. My contact information is available on our parish website.

 
 
 

Loving God, your light shines in our darkness and assures us that you are present with us and that your powerful grace transforms our fear into hope.

May we join with our Holy Father, Francis, in spreading a "contagion" of hope "from heart to heart."

Protect all your selfless servants who continue to serve the needs of the most vulnerable with their hands and heart.

Give our elected leaders wisdom of heart in decision-making that the common good of our human family may be achieved and the gift of each person's human dignity respected.

May the fire of your love burn within our hearts so that we may give witness to the mystery of your love among us and within us.
Amen

 

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In our weekly video series "Art That Surrounds Us," Johan van Parys, Ph.D., our Director of Liturgy and Sacred Arts, shares information about a piece from The Basilica of Saint Mary's art collection. In this week's installment, Johan discusses our painting of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, as the month of October is dedicated to the rosary. Our painting is a replica of an Italian painting in the Chapel of Saint Catherine at Santa Sabina in Rome. Santa Sabina was donated to the Order of Preachers, commonly known as Domincans, in the 13th Century.

 

 

 

In our weekly video series "Art That Surrounds Us," Johan van Parys, Ph.D., our Director of Liturgy and Sacred Arts, shares information about a piece from The Basilica of Saint Mary's art collection. In this week's installment, Johan discusses our serigraph of Saint Francis and the Wolf by John August Swanson in honor of the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi on October 4. "Be praised, my Lord, through all your creatures!"

 

 

 

 

Basilica Community,

I hope this message finds you and your family continuing to stay well during these very challenging times.

Today I’d like to update you on the activities going on at The Basilica. While most of these activities are being done virtually, we have resumed some activities. For example, last Sunday we resumed our 4:30pm Mass on Sunday afternoon. Both this Mass and our 11:30am Mass on Sunday are open to the public, but we do ask you to pre-register in the unlikely event that we need to contact you.

We will continue to livestream our 9:30am Mass. At the present time, however, this Mass isn’t open for public worship. Both our 7:00am and our Noon daily Masses are open to the public. We do ask that you pre-register for the Noon Mass, but you can register for the 7:00am Mass at the door.

On a related note, anticipating the colder weather, beginning October 12, we will be moving our check-in tables for all of our liturgies, with the exception of the 7:00am daily Mass, to the ground level doors of The Basilica. This area is large enough so that people won’t have to wait in the cold to check-in. The doors for check-in will be the southwest ground level doors near the circle garden and flag pole. Again we will begin using this area for check-in beginning October 12.

We have also begun to resume some activities on our campus on a case-by-case basis. Our standard will be ensuring the safety, security, and well-being of the participants or attendees. When there are activities on our campus, we will use the same protocols we currently use to check people in for the celebration of daily and Sunday Mass, and weddings and funerals.

In regard to our beautiful Basilica building, the tuck-pointing work on the west exterior wall of The Basilica above the doors near the Mary Garden continues. This work is needed to seal the mortar and prevent further water damage. As part of this project, we will also install an additional 10-12 moisture monitors in the church interior, and evaluate next steps for moisture testing and work needed to continue to dry out the church interior.

Additionally, within the next month, we hope to install a Needlepoint Bipolar Ionization Unit in the Church. This unit will clean the air in The Basilica and the lower level of viruses (including SARS and COVID-19), as well as allergens and mold. This technology is already being used at places like the Mayo Clinic, local schools, and museums. It will be a tremendous help in ensuring the safety and well being of all those who come to The Basilica. We are very blessed and fortunate that both of these projects are being paid for by The Basilica Landmark.

Finally, I want to let you know that I will be on retreat next week, so I won’t have an update next week. Please remember me in your prayers while I am on retreat, and know that you will be remembered gratefully in mine. As always, if you have questions or concerns about anything that is happening at The Basilica, please contact me at the parish office or send me an email. My contact information is available on our parish website.

 

Holy Mary, full of God’s presence during the day of your life, you accepted with full humility the Father’s will, and the devil was never capable of tying you up with his confusion.

Once with your Son you interceded for our difficulties, and full of kindness and patience, you gave us example of how to untie the knots in our life. By remaining forever Our Mother, you put in order and make more clear the ties that link us to the Lord.

Holy Mother, Mother of God and our Mother, to you who untie with a motherly heart the knots of our life, we pray to you to receive in your hands all those severely impacted by the Coronavirus, and to free us of the knots and confusion with which our enemy attacks.

Through your grace, your intercession and your example deliver us from all evil, Our Lady, and untie the knots that prevent us from being united with God, so that we, free from sin and error, may find Him in all things, may have our hearts placed in Him, and may serve Him always in our brothers and sisters. Amen..

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In our weekly video series "Art That Surrounds Us," Johan van Parys, Ph.D., our Director of Liturgy and Sacred Arts, shares information about a piece from The Basilica of Saint Mary's art collection. In this week's installment, we explore this original painting of Saint Jerome, in honor of his feast day on September 30, by local artist Leo Winstead. Johan also describes different artistic influences and historical elements in the painting.

 

 

It is poignant that in the middle of a deeply divided election season, amid a world-wide pandemic, and against the backdrop of nation-wide civil unrest fueled by racial inequity and oppressions, The Catholic Church celebrates The 106th World Day of Migrants and Refugees. 

On September 27, 2020, we are invited to stop and reflect deeply on the state of our lives and our community. Pope Francis offers a message: Like Jesus Christ, who was forced to flee, we are called to Welcome, Protect, Promote, and Integrate all those who are forced from their home. 

On January 2020, Pope Francis pointed to the tragedy of internally displaced people as one of the greatest challenges of our contemporary world: “Situations of conflict and humanitarian emergencies, aggravated by climate change, are increasing the numbers of displaced persons and affecting people already living in a state of dire poverty. Many of the countries experiencing these situations lack adequate structures for meeting the needs of the displaced” (January 9, 2020).

Today, in 2020, the World Day of Migrants and Refugees aims to inspire and encourage the people of God to embrace works of charity and justice in the area of immigrant resettlement and care. Pope Francis acknowledges that this humanitarian emergency, affecting millions of lives, has been “relegated to the bottom of national political agendas… But this is not a time for forgetfulness. The crisis we are facing should not make us forget the many other crises that bring suffering to so many people.”
Pope Francis calls us to respond to this pastoral challenge with the four verbs offered in the Message for this Day in 2018: we are called to welcome the migrant, protect them, promote their needs, and integrate them into our community. What a radical call this day! 

In 2020, Pope Francis adds another six pairs of verbs that deal with very practical actions and are linked together in a relationship of cause and effect. He challenges us to go deeper, living out our faith. 

Pope Francis urges:
You have to know in order to understand. 
It is necessary to be close in order to serve.
In order to be reconciled, we need to listen.
In order to grow, it is necessary to share. 
We need to be involved in order to promote. 
It is necessary to cooperate in order to build. 

Pope Francis states, “Displaced people offer us this opportunity to meet the Lord, ‘even though our eyes find it hard to recognize him: his clothing in tatters, his feet dirty, his face disfigured, his body wounded, his tongue unable to speak our language’” (Homily, February 15, 2019).

Let us see our God in our brothers and sisters most in need. Let us act, give, love, and vote in ways that respond to this challenge of love, understanding and compassionate engagement. 
Pope Francis gives us clear and concise direction on how to live a faith filled life. Now is the acceptable time!

 

 

Basilica Community,

I hope this message finds you and your family continuing to stay well during these very challenging times.

As I have mentioned previously, at the present time, most of our activities, with the exception of the celebration of the sacraments, is being done virtually.

Although one of the activities that definitely is not taking place virtually, is the ongoing maintenance of our beautiful Basilica. A couple of weeks ago, we began some masonry restoration work on the west exterior wall of The Basilica above the doors near the Mary Garden.

This work is needed to seal the mortar and prevent further water damage. As part of this project, we will also install an additional 10-12 moisture monitors in the church interior, and evaluate next steps for moisture testing and work needed to continue to dry out the church interior.

Additionally, within the next month, we hope to install a Needlepoint Bipolar Ionization Unit in the Church. This unit will clean the air in The Basilica and the lower level of viruses (including SARS and COVID-19), as well as allergens and mold. This technology is already being used at places like the Mayo Clinic, local schools, and museums.

It will be a tremendous help in ensuring the safety and well being of all those who come to The Basilica. We are very blessed and fortunate that both of these projects are being paid for by The Basilica Landmark.

On another note, beginning this coming Sunday, September 27 we will resume our 4:30pm Mass on Sunday afternoon. As with our 11:30am Sunday Mass and our daily noon Mass, you will need to pre-register to attend this Mass. You can do this via our website or by calling the parish office. We ask people to pre-register so that we will have your contact information in the unlikely event that we need to do contact tracing.

On a related note, anticipating the cold weather, beginning October 12, we will be moving our check-in tables for liturgies to the ground level of The Basilica. This area is large enough so that people won’t have to wait in the cold to check-in. The doors for check-in will be the west ground level doors near the circle garden and flag pole. Again we will begin using this area for check-in beginning October 12.

Finally, we have also begun to consider resuming some activities on our campus on a case by case basis. Our standard will be ensuring the safety, security, and well being of the participants or attendees. When there are activities on our campus, we will use the same protocols we currently use to check people in for the celebration of daily and Sunday Mass, and weddings and funerals.

As always, if you have questions or concerns about anything that is happening at The Basilica, please contact me at the parish office or send me an email. My contact information is available on our parish website.

Thank you for your continued prayers and your financial support. Please know they are appreciated more than you know.

 

Dear Lord,
At this time of pandemic,
Let us foster respect and solidarity with others, especially those who are weak or poor.
Let us remain calm and ignore unsubstantiated rumors.
Let us take advantage of living together as a family.
Let us attend to moments of prayer.
Let us cultivate responsibility, patience and hope.
Amen.

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